The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince) Reviews
But the Prince, in this tale, feels otherwise...seemingly trapped by his lofty station in life.
Enviously watching other kids playing in the field beyond the palace's iron gates - which act as prison bars isolating him from the outside world.
It is only when the Prince (Ramon Novarro) becomes old enough to go to college does he finally start to feel what life is really all about. His entourage stops at a commoner's inn to decide if he wants to board there. When the innkeeper's pretty niece (Norma Shearer) demonstrates how soft and bouncy-bouncy the beds are...the blushing Prince decides this may not be a bad place to stay afterall...
The Student Prince in Old Heidelburg is one of the better crafted romantic comedies I have seen from the silent era. Even in this early film you can sense director Ernst Lubitsch honing his signature style - witty dialogue & action, sexy innuendo, expert camera work and edits.
I don't really want to say too much more lest the ending be spoiled...
(1927) The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
It has often been said that this was director Ernst Lubitsch best film he had ever done throughout his long extensive movie career for upon I read it's premise, I was already intrigued by it, about a Prince falling for barmaid during a rendevous away from his luxerious castle. My only question was in what circumstances can the film engross my attention and was quite surprise about the experience because of how accurate it really is in terms of real life, since it was made when Prince Charles wasn't even born yet.
The other thing I want to say is that this film is one of most realistic reflections for all films about prince/ princess and relationships that came before and after it. That the only difference is that although they're all somewhat different, each film offer viewers different points of view in terms of it's situations of different classes, for instance in "The Swan" it's Grace Kelly as the princess falling for it's instructor; in "Roman Holiday" Audrey Hepburn as the princess falling for a reporter; and "The Thief of Bagdad" involves alot of sourcery even though the character Sabu stole the overall film! Saw this film twice already that with every repeated viewings, easily reminds me of the relationship between Lady Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla and when you do decide to this, you'll understand why! Also, at the end of this film, contains one of the greatest lines in movie history!
It was well made techinally and you could see the touch of a great director behind it (Ernst Lubitsch) but it seemed to drag for me, and the story was I guess a little to simple.
I hear they did another version in the 50's they may be a bit more enjoyable....